PM instructs to sort out promptly an issue in import of personal mobile sets

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Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ has issued a directive for prompt address on the complaint related to the mobile phone sets brought for personal use while returning Nepal from abroad.

Despite the earlier instruction from the PM regarding the smartphone sets brought for personal use, customs employee at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) was reported to have seized an additional phone from a person returned from the United States of America.

The Prime Minister’s directive comes in response to a complaint raising from the citizen level.

He had issued a similar instruction before as Finance Ministry’s decision to impose up to 18 percent excise duty on the import of an additional mobile phone set for personal use by a Nepali while coming home from abroad sparked a widespread protest and criticism.

The Prime Minister Tuesday again directed Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Bishnu Poudel to make necessary provisions towards that end, as informed by Prime Minister’s Press Coordinator Surya Kiran Sharma. “In response to public concerns and complaints over the news report that the customs employee at TIA barred the Nepali from the US to pass with an additional phone set on Monday, the Prime Minister has directed the Ministry of Finance to promptly address the issue,” Sharma said.